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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 54 items )  

18 Trump Nominees, Including USAID Assistant Administrator, Received by Senate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Senate received the nomination of 18 individuals for positions in the Trump Administration on Oct. 17: Thomas B. Chapman, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2023. There, the term of Tho Dinh-Zarr has expired. - Chapman is a counsel to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee on Aviation (2015- ); vice president of governmental affairs at US Airways (2007-2014); legislative   more

Cardin, Smith, Brown, Van Hollen, Kaine, Warner Continue Fight to Secure Back Pay From Last Government Shutdown for Federal Contractor Employees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Cardin, Colleagues File Amendment to Government Funding Legislation to Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Their Paychecks * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) - along with Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) - is making good on a promise to keep fighting to secure back pay for federal  more

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.84 Million for Maryland Port Authority Environmental Improvements
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $1.84 million in federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding for the Maryland Port Authority through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This grant, which will come through the Maryland Environmental Services, will help to replace up to four pieces of cargo handling equipment with up-to  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Continued Federal Funding in Response to Great Mills High School Shooting
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - School Violence Prevention Program grant awarded to St. Mary's County Board of Education * * * U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) applaud the recent award of more than $60,000 for the St. Mary's County Board of Education through the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program (SV  more

Cardin, Wicker Call for Federal Assistance for Americans Struggling With High Water Bills
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, have reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to help low-income families afford their water and sewer bills. The Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2019 (S.2687) would establish 32 pilot programs nationwide for low-income residents to receive aid in paying th  more

GAO Denies Protest by Incident Communication Solutions of Severna Park, Maryland
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by Incident Communication Solutions of Severna Park, Maryland. According to the GAO, Incident Communication Solutions "protests the issuance of a task order under the General Services Administration's Complex Commercial Satellite Communications (CS3) government-wide acquisition indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to DRS Global Enterprise Solutions, Inc., by the Defen  more

GAO Issues Report on Local Update of Census Addresses Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of Local Update of Census Addresses program. The report (GAO-20-17) is titled "2020 Census: Actions Needed to Improve Census Bureau's Process for Working with Governments to Build Address List". The report was sent to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking  more

Hoyer, Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Continued Federal Funding in Response to Great Mills High School Shooting
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) applaud the recent award of more than $60,000 for the St. Mary's County Board of Education through the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). These funds are the latest federal commitment to supporting the community's response to the March 2018   more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on House Republicans' Attack on Rep. Schiff
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on House Republicans' attack on Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee: "The resolution pushed today by House Republicans is nothing more than an attempt to distract the American people from their refusal to answer the question confronting our nation: is it acceptable for a President to openly seek foreign help for his re-election and put his own private interests ahead   more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Northern Syria Agreement by President Putin, President Erdogan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to push out Kurdish fighters in Northern Syria and claim joint control of the territory: "As a result of President Trump's reckless and impulsive decision to withdraw from Syria and abandon our allies, Russia has now solidified its hold over that country and expanded its power and influence in the Middle Ea  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Issues Statement on Passage of Corporate Transparency Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after the House passage of the Corporate Transparency Act: "I was proud to bring Rep. Maloney's Corporate Transparency Act to the Floor for a vote today in order to crack down on money laundering activities by Russian oligarchs and other bad actors. "By requiring companies to disclose their true owners, this bill will throw the disinfecting sunlight of transparency and accountability into the  more

Majority Leader Hoyer Remembers Chairman Cummings, Discusses House Democrats' Legislative Agenda on MSNBC's Live With Stephanie Ruhle
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined MSNBC's Live with Stephanie Ruhle this morning to remember Chairman Elijah Cummings and discuss House Democrats' legislative agenda and the impeachment inquiry. Below are excerpts from his remarks and a link to the video: https://www.facebook.com/LeaderHoyer/posts/10156915573842887 On the Impeachment Inquiry "...Republicans want to talk abou  more

Majority Whip Clyburn Issues Statement on Death of Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-South Carolina, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings: "Today we have lost a giant. Elijah Cummings was a public servant to his core. He served his constituents in Maryland with dignity and grace, while defending our democracy with a sense of duty and steady strength. "Elijah's calm but firm hand will be missed on the Oversight Committee as it proceeds with the difficult work ahead. His dedication to f  more

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges State Environmental Officials, EPA to Hold All Partners Accountable for Controlling Chesapeake Bay Pollution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Members of Maryland's congressional delegation, led by Senator Ben Cardin and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, hosted senior officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Maryland on Tuesday for a wide-ranging conversation about the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees included Cardin, Hoyer, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin.   more

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges State Environmental Officials, EPA to Hold All Partners Accountable for Controlling Chesapeake Bay Pollution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Members of Maryland's congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer, hosted senior officials from the EPA and the State of Maryland on Tuesday for a wide-ranging conversation about the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees included Cardin, Hoyer, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin. Speakers at the meeting   more

Rep. Brown Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, who was a friend and colleague of him for more than 20 years: "Karmen and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Congressman Elijah Cummings. For nearly four decades, Maryland and our nation has been shaped by his efforts to advance civil rights and tackle injustice, promote economic well being and uplift those left behind. Elijah was a   more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Statement on Passage of SHIELD Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after the House passed the SHIELD Act: "With today's passage of the SHIELD Act, House Republicans had yet another opportunity to join House Democrats in voting to protect our country against foreign interference. It is shameful that they refused to do so, just like they have refused to answer the pressing question facing the country: is it acceptable for a president to encourage foreign interfer  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Statement on President Trump Decision to Lift Sanctions on Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after the President Trump announced he would lift sanctions on Turkey: "Just as I opposed the President's disastrous decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria, I strongly disagree with the President's ill-advised announcement that he is lifting sanctions on Turkey. "Once again, he is abandoning our allies while giving our adversaries everything they want. This is a complete win for Turk  more

Rep. Hoyer Issues Statement on Reauthorization of Debbie Smith Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, issued the following statement after the House voted to reauthorize the Debbie Smith Act for the second time: "Today, the House passed Rep. Maloney's reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act, which helps states and local authorities end the backlog of untested rape kits and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice before they can victimize others. "The House has now voted twice to reauthorize this law - first as part   more

Rep. Jackson Lee Pays Tribute to Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 22, paying tribute to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: I thank my colleague, Congressman Horsford of Nevada for anchoring this Special Order in remembrance of Chairman Elijah Cummings, the indefatigable champion of justice and equality, the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, the Member of Congress from the Seventh Congressional District of Mar  more

Rep. Johnson Pays Tribute to Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Henry C. 'Hank' Johnson Jr., D-Georgia, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 22, paying tribute to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: I am deeply saddened by the passing of Representative Elijah Cummings--my colleague, friend, and a true fighter for social justice. While Representative Cummings may no longer be with us, he leaves behind a remarkable legacy of service, leadership and humility. Notably, he served Maryland  more

Rep. Lee Issues Statement Honoring Life of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nevada, issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of Rep. Elijah Eugene Cummings, D-Maryland: "American has lost a giant. A giant of compassion, a giant of civility, and a giant of integrity. "Congressman Cummings was a shining example of leadership in a moment when we needed it most, and I'm certain my colleagues and I in Congress will work every day to live up to the legacy he is leaving behind. "My heart goes out to his wife, Maya,  more

Rep. Raskin 30 Plus Members Urge House and Senate Appropriators to Block Funding for Relocation of USDA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and more than 30 Members of Congress in sending a bicameral letter urging the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to block any funding for the relocation of two Department of Agriculture (USDA) research agencies--the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)  more

Rep. Raskin Signs Letter Urging CMS to Ensure Full Post-Mastectomy Medicare & Medicaid Coverage for Breast Cancer Patients
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and more than 25 Members in sending a bipartisan letter to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Seema Verma urging that CMS ensure full post-mastectomy Medicare and Medicaid coverage for breast cancer patients. The Members wrote:   more

Rep. Raskin's Subcommittee Examined the Oil Industry's Efforts to Suppress Climate Science
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, held a hearing entitled, "Examining the Oil Industry's Efforts to Suppress the Truth about Climate Change." TAKEAWAYS * Former Exxon-affiliated scientists Drs. Martin Hoffert and Ed Garvey testified that Exxon knew the reality of climate change as early as the 1970s, but denied that reality to the public. Dr.   more

Rep. Raskin: 55+ House Members Call for Action on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Members assail cruelty of lowest resettlement rates in modern times * * * Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08) joined Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and 56 House Members in writing to President Donald Trump blasting Trump's decision to set American refugee admissions for Fiscal Year 2020 at just 18,000, a further drop from the already-historically low figure set by the administration last year.   more

Rep. Raskin: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee Examines the Oil Industry's Climate Denial Campaign
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: This Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Congressman Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a hearing on "Examining the Oil Industry's Efforts to Suppress the Truth about Climate Change." WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 TIME: 10:00 a.m. EST The hearing will be broadcast here. PURPOSE The Subcommittee will exa  more

Rep. Sarbanes Advances Groundbreaking Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Millions of Americans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - At House Energy and Commerce Committee Markup of H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, Congressman Sarbanes Beats Back False Claims Made by House Republicans and Stands Up for Americans Who Struggle to Afford Overpriced, Lifesaving Drugs * * * Yesterday, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) worked alongside his Democratic colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to advance H.R. 3, t  more

Rep. Sarbanes, Ex-Sen. Sarbanes Issues Joint Statement on Death of Ex-Mayor D'Alesandro
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Oct. 23 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following joint statement with ex-Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Maryland, on the death of ex-Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro III: "We are tremendously saddened by the passing of Mayor Tommy D'Alesandro, a man whose fundamental decency earned the respect and admiration of all who knew him. "He brought grace and dignity to public service, drawing on his faith, his family and a deep belief in the power of community. "Mayor D'Alesa  more

Rep. Sarbanes, House Democrats Pass Critical Reforms to Fight Foreign Interference in American Elections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - The SHIELD Act Advances Common-Sense, Bipartisan Measures to Combat Foreign Money and Influence in Our Democracy * * * Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and House Administration Committee Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today led House Democrats in passing the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill to curb foreign   more

Rep. Trone and Rep. Tim Walberg Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Social Isolation Among Seniors
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. David Trone (D-MD) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced the Protecting Older Americans from Social Isolation Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill aimed at reducing social isolation among seniors. The bill would amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to address the growing negative effects that social isolation has on mental and physical health. The duo will seek to pass the bill when Congress takes up  more

Rep. Trone Hosts Veterans Workshop With Over 250 People, Joined by Reps. Dan Crenshaw and Elaine Luria
FREDERICK, Maryland, Oct. 24 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) hosted a workshop focused on issues impacting today's veterans with special guests Representatives Dan Crensaw (R-TX) and Elaine Luria (D-VA) and a panel of experts on the topic of veterans' affairs. There were 254 people and 18 organizations in attendance at the public event hosted at the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ in Frederick, MD. The w  more

Reps. Sarbanes, Pappas, Bilirakis Introduce 'Oxi Day' Resolution to Honor the Heroism of the Greek People During World War II
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. John P. Sarbanes, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Would Designate October 28 as "Oxi Day" to Commemorate Greece's Pivotal Role Resisting Axis Forces * * * Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), members of the Hellenic Caucus, introduced a resolution today expressing support for the designation of October 28 as "Oxi Day" to commemorate the Greeks' refusal to surrender to Axis forces in   more

Sen. Cardin Commemorates the Life of Congressman Elijah Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) entered the following eulogy into the congressional record to commemorate the life of Congressman Elijah Cummings, who passed away on October 17, 2019. Congressman Cummings will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall today, October 24, 2019. "My heart is heavy today as we mourn the loss of Congressman Elijah Cummings. He was a powerful voice for the peopl  more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Death of ex-Baltimore Mayor D'Alesandro
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement on the death of his colleague and friend, ex-Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro III: "With the passing of 'Young Tommy' D'Alesandro, I have lost a trusted, long-time friend and advisor. "His approach to public service was pioneering, and his commitment to standing up for the people of Baltimore did not waver - even though he led the city during some of the most trying times in its history. "He   more

Sen. Cardin Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 24, remembering Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: My heart is heavy today as we mourn the loss of Congressman Elijah Cummings. He was a powerful voice for the people of Baltimore, a champion of justice for our country, and a dear friend to me and so many others. I first met Elijah when he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, where I was the  more

Sen. Cardin Joins Bipartisan Effort to Extend Funding for Community Health Centers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined colleagues in a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) urging long-term funding of community health centers (CHCs). The letter, which was cosigned by 25 senators, calls for immediate passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019, which would re  more

Sen. Cardin Questions State Department Official About War Crimes Committed by Turkey at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raised the following questions Tuesday at a hearing titled "Assessing the Impact of Turkey's Offensive in Northeast Syria." In an exchange with witness James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Senator Cardin called upon the State Department to   more

Sen. Cardin: Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges State Environmental Officials, EPA to Hold All Partners Accountable for Controlling Chesapeake Bay Pollution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Members of Maryland's congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer, hosted senior officials from the EPA and the State of Maryland on Tuesday for a wide-ranging conversation about the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees included Cardin, Hoyer, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin. Speakers at the meeting included U.  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Remarks at Morgan State University in Remembrance of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following remarks at Morgan State University in remembrance of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland: Senator Van Hollen will also be attending the memorial service today in Baltimore to pay his respects. "Like so many of you gathered here, like I trust all of you gathered here, I loved Elijah Cummings, who I knew for almost 30 years. He was a mentor. He's an American hero of our times. I loved the way Elijah used that booming   more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Statement on Sen. Miller's Decision to Step Down as Maryland Senate President
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following statement regarding Sen. Mike Miller's announcement that he will step down as the President of the Maryland Senate: "I saw my dear friend Mike Miller last night at the Morgan State tribute to Elijah Cummings. Mike insisted that the doctors let him out of the hospital to eulogize Elijah. "That's Mike. Always there for friends; always there for Maryland. "Mike Miller has dedicated his life to serving Marylanders and   more

Sen. Van Hollen: Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges State Environmental Officials, EPA to Hold All Partners Accountable for Controlling Chesapeake Bay Pollution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Members of Maryland's congressional delegation hosted senior officials from the EPA and the State of Maryland on Tuesday for a wide-ranging conversation about the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees included Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Jamie Raskin. Speakers at the meeting included U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlant  more

Senate Conducted Seven Committee Hearings for Oct. 22
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Senate conducted seven committee hearings for Oct. 22: CONSOLIDATED AUDIT TRAIL OVERSIGHT Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine the status of the Consolidated Audit Trail, after receiving testimony from Shelly Bohlin, FINRA CAT, LLC, Rockville, Maryland; Judy McDonald, Susquehanna International Group, LLP, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the CAT NMS LLC Advisory Committee; and Michael J. Simon, C  more

Sens. Cardin, Cassidy, Collins, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Historic Tax Credit
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, joined Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) today to introduce legislation to expand the Historic Tax Credit to foster economic growth and urban renewal. The Historic Tax Credit Growth & Opportunity (HTC-GO) Act creates a new 30 percent credit for projects that cost less than $  more

Sens. Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $250,000 to Increase Chesapeake Bay Coastal Resiliency Science Products and Tools
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $250,000 for new research focused on the resiliency of the Chesapeake Bay through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) research program. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, George Mason University (GMU), and The Nature Conservancy will col  more

Sens. Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Nearly $250,000 to Increase Chesapeake Bay Coastal Resiliency Science Products and Tools
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $250,000 for new research focused on the resiliency of the Chesapeake Bay through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) research program. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, George Mason University (GMU), and The Nature Conservancy will co  more

Sens. Van Hollen, Cortez Masto, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Protect Victims of Corporate Fraud and Abuse
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the End Double Taxation of Successful Civil Claims Act. This legislation will protect American consumers' right to sue fraudulent or abusive corporations by eliminating a glitch in the tax code that requires plaintiffs who win these type of cases to pay income tax on money awarded to pay attorne  more

Sens. Van Hollen, Merkley Introduce Resolution Emphasizing Need for Nonpartisan Foreign Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) announced a new resolution to reaffirm the importance of nonpartisanship in the Foreign Service of the United States. The Senators' resolution stresses that members of the Foreign Service deserve the strong support of the American public, and condemns political retaliation against them. "Every day our foreign service of  more

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1.84 Million for Maryland Port Authority Environmental Improvements
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $1.84 million in federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding for the Maryland Port Authority through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This grant, which will come through the Maryland Environmental Services, will help to replace up to four pieces of cargo handling equipment with up-t  more

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce Continued Federal Funding in Response to Great Mills High School Shooting
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) applaud the recent award of more than $60,000 for the St. Mary's County Board of Education through the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). These funds are the latest federal commitment to supporting the community's response to the March of  more

Van Hollen, Leahy, Blackburn, Blumenthal Press Administration for Answers on Use of Chemical Weapons, U.S. Munitions in Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressing for information on reports of the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria. In addition, the Members are seeking information regarding the use of U.S.-origin arms and equipment by Turkey in their fight   more

Van Hollen, Senate Colleagues Press EPA on Abrupt End to Contract Negotiations With Employee Union
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their decision to end negotiations with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and impose a seven-year contract over union objections. This forced contract undermines the collective bargaining process, and contains a number of concerning provisions  more

Van Hollen, Senators Request Expedited Visa for General Mazloum
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) today sent the following letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting that he assist with the issuance of a U.S. visa for General Mazloum, leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces, to visit the United States to discu  more

Van Hollen, Smith, Brown, Kaine, Cardin, Warner Continue Fight to Secure Back Pay From Last Government Shutdown for Federal Contractor Employees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are making good on a promise to keep fighting to secure back pay for federal contractor employees who went without pay during the last government shutdown. The Senators filed an amendment to Senate appropriations measures that would provid  more